Sad Girl Review is a new online contemporary art and literary magazine. Their first issue came out last month. Their next issue is themed “The Handwritten Issue.” They are looking for “diary entries, poems, shitty drawings, reminders, to do lists, lyrics, notes, scribbles, drafts, and more.”
I was curious how and why this art and literary magazine began, so I asked Editor Amber Morrison a few questions to find out. See my interview with Morrison and a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Sad Girl Review.
MORRISON: Sad Girl Review is a new contemporary art and lit magazine. We’re publishing online editions quarterly.
We showcase and celebrate girly, melancholy material. We’re fascinated by all things feminine, and any lesser known or hidden stories. We’re interested in challenging ideas of art: memes, emojis, new media, digital, and conceptual art. We love tragedies, a darker outlook, and (especially) black comedy. We’re supportive of inner emotional explorations.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Sad Girl Review originally started?
MORRISON: My first writings occurred in the form of complaints in my Lisa Frank diary. I suppose that’s why for me, writing is inseparable from aesthetics — the overlap between written and visual work has been a life long interest.
I want to connect with others that create things that may be considered ‘too girly,’ or ‘too mopey;’ it’s my goal to find and celebrate work that is somewhere between the films of Wes Anderson and the music of Lana Del Rey.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
MORRISON: Women and feminine-identifying folks, artists and poets, diary-keepers of all ages, and people that like the colour pink.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
MORRISON: Contemporary art, poetry, cell phone or otherwise imperfect photography/videography, memes, articles, reviews, and criticism. I’m open minded – if it’s girly and/or sad, send it in!
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
MORRISON: Memes and visual poetry! I firmly believe that the best art might not look like art at all! I’m also very interested in work that is experimental or ‘too difficult’ for traditional print.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
MORRISON: Luna Luna, Split Lip, Metatron’s ÄLPHÄ, Dream Pop, Grimoire, Cotton Xenomorph, and Anti-Heroin Chic… to name a few!
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
MORRISON: Same as the above address. Ask away!
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: August 31, 2018 for this special issue (otherwise open year-round)
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: contemporary art, poetry, cell phone or otherwise imprefect photography/videography, articles, reviews, criticism